Written by Laura Collins, Special Events Assistant: I love deals. I mean I really love deals. I seek them out. I buy nothing until I’m sure I am getting the best deal possible. If it is travel related, I’m on Trip Advisor and can have 10 windows open simultaneously making sure that I am getting the most for my hard earned dollars ( I know I’m not alone!). If I’m buying clothes or something for my home, then you can be sure that my first choice is to visit a thrift or consignment shop. I just picked up a gorgeous coat and sweater for a fraction of what they originally cost, and they were in mint condition. Not only do I love the deal and the benefits to my home and wardrobe, but I love the idea of buying previously owned! Reuse-Recycle right? And to double dip in the goodness jar, many thrift stores exist to support great causes and services in our community.
Take Leftovers Thrift Shop in Walnut Creek. Since it opened in 1976, Leftovers has operated entirely with volunteers, it has never had a paid employee. The proceeds from sales goes to support the Contra Costa Crisis Center, whose mission is to keep people in Contra Costa County alive and safe, help them through personal crises with 24 hour crisis hotlines, connect them with resources such as grief counseling, homeless and youth services, and provide 211 information and referral for those who need health and social services.
During the holidays Leftovers opened its arms to help support the Food Bank and Meals on Wheels also! A check for $1000.00 was presented to both organizations and Food Bank employees Lisa and Renee were on hand to accept and thank the very generous volunteers for their time and energies.
So next time you need to go shopping for yourself or for a gift, why not shop with a purpose –check out Leftover’s Thrift Shop – your budget will thank you, and your purchases will come with a little extra spirit of giving thrown in.